USMagazine, Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:30pm (PST)
The claws are out!
In recent episodes of The X Factor, the banter between judges Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell has become increasingly mean-spirited. (In the Dec. 5 episode, for example, the acerbic Englishman told the "Give Your Heart a Break" singer her critique of his group, Emblem3, was "incredibly dumb." Lovato responded by stealing his microphone and talking over him.)
At the X Factor viewing party in L.A. Dec. 6, the 53-year-old TV mogul refused to say if the former Disney Channel star will return as a judge in season 3. "It's that time of year. You're always going to get asked that question, and I'm not going to answer it," he told Us Weekly. "She's fun. She really, really is tough little thing. I know she plays the 'I've been bullied' [card]. Trust me, this one gives as good as she gets."